Professor Blake Morrison

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Position Professor of Creative and Life Writing
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Professor Blake Morrison

Academic qualifications

  • BA in English Literature Nottingham University
  • MA in English Literature McMaster University
  • PhD on 1950s British Poetry and Fiction, University College, London


Professor Blake Morrison teaches the Life Writing option on the MA in Creative Writing, and supervise students on the MA and PhD creative writing programmes.

Areas of supervision

  • Contemporary fiction and poetry
  • Philip Larkin, Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney
  • Life Writing and memoirs
  • Adaptation

Featured work

Research Interests

Blake is a poet, novelist and journalist, best known for two family memoirs and a study of the Bulger case, As If. He has also translated and adapted plays, written libretti and critical studies, and edited anthologies of contemporary writing.

Publications and research outputs


Morrison, Blake. 2018. The Executor. London: Chatto & Windus. ISBN 9781784707231

Morrison, Blake. 2015. Shingle Street. London: Chatto & Windus. ISBN 9780701188771

Morrison, Blake. 2012. A Discoverie of Witches. Sheffield: Litfest & Smith/Doorstop. ISBN 978-0-9540880-8-8

Morrison, Blake. 2011. We are Three Sisters. London: Nick Hern Books. ISBN 9781848422148

Morrison, Blake. 2011. As If. Granta Books. ISBN 978-1862070035

Morrison, Blake. 2010. The Last Weekend. London: Chatto & Windus. ISBN 9780701184841

Morrison, Blake. 2007. South of the River. Chatto & Windus. ISBN 9780701180461

Morrison, Blake. 2007. And When Did You Last See Your Father. Granta Books. ISBN 978-1862079786

Morrison, Blake. 2003. Oedipus and Antigone by Sophocles. Northern Broadsides. ISBN 0954642201

Morrison, Blake. 2003. Things my mother never told me. Vintage. ISBN 0099440725

Morrison, Blake and Rego, Paula. 2002. Pendle Witches. Enitharmon Press; illustrated edition edition. ISBN 978-1900564458

Morrison, Blake. 2000. The Justification of Johann Gutenberg. Chatto & Windus. ISBN 978-0385259842

Morrison, Blake. 1999. Too True. Granta Books. ISBN 978-1862072428

Morrison, Blake. 1992. Seamus Heaney (Contemporary writers). Routledge. ISBN 978-0415098786

Morrison, Blake. 1989. Dark Glasses. Chatto & Windus; Revised & Expanded Edition edition. ISBN 978-0701128753

Morrison, Blake. 1987. The Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripper. Chatto & Windus. ISBN 978-0701132279

Morrison, Blake. 1986. The Movement: English Poetry and Fiction of the 1950s. Routledge. ISBN 978-0416302509

Edited Book

Morrison, Blake; Rogers, Jane and Adebayo, Diran, eds. 2003. New Writing 12. Picador.

Morrison, Blake; Weldon, Fay and Roberts, Michele, eds. 1996. Mind Readings. Minerva.

Morrison, Blake and Motion, Andrew, eds. 1986. The Penguin Book of Contemporary British Poetry. Penguin Books Ltd. ISBN 978-0140585520

Book Section

Morrison, Blake. 2019. Call Yourself English? In: Susheila Nasta, ed. Brave New Words. UK: Myriad, pp. 33-50. ISBN 9781912408207

Morrison, Blake. 2019. We Are Three Sisters: The Lives of the Brontës as a Chekhovian Play. In: Alexandra Lewis, ed. The Brontes and the Idea of the Human. London: Cambridge University Press, pp. 260-268. ISBN 9781316651063

Morrison, Blake. 2018. Harrison as Elegist. In: Edith Hall, ed. New Light on Tony Harrison. London: British Academy, pp. 3-11.

Morrison, Blake. 2011. Introduction to D. H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover. In: , ed. Lady Chatterley's Lover. Vintage, vii-xiv.

Morrison, Blake. 2010. A Little, Aloud: An anthology of prose and poetry for reading aloud to someone you care for. In: Angela Macmillan, ed. A Little, Aloud: An anthology of prose and poetry for reading aloud to someone you care for. Chatto & Windus, pp. 1-5. ISBN 978-0701185633

Morrison, Blake. 2006. Foreword to D. H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers. In: , ed. Sons and Lovers. Penguin Classics, xi-xxvi.

Morrison, Blake. 2006. Foreword to James Agee, A Death in the Family (Penguin, 2006). In: , ed. A Death in the Family. Penguin, v-xii. ISBN 978-0141187969

Morrison, Blake. 2006. Foreword to James Agee, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. In: , ed. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Penguin, vii-xii.

Morrison, Blake. 2004. When I last saw him. In: I. Jack, ed. Granta. 87 Granta, pp. 279-290. ISBN 090314171X

Morrison, Blake. 1998. Foreword to The Gospel According to St John. In: , ed. The Gospel According to St John. Canongate, vii-xvi.

Morrison, Blake. 1996. Foreword to Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange. In: , ed. A Clockwork Orange. Penguin, vii-xxiv.


Morrison, Blake. 2018. Lamentable Thumbs. London Review of Books, 40(12), pp. 37-39.

Morrison, Blake. 2008. 'The Reading Cure'. Guardian Review,

Morrison, Blake. 2005. 'Black Marks and Blue Pencils'. Guardian Yearbook,

Morrison, Blake. 2004. Portraits. catalogue of BP Portrait Award 2004, pp. 8-16.

Morrison, Blake. 2001. Song Lyrics. Arete, 5, pp. 107-117.

Morrison, Blake. 1987. 'The Filial Art: A Reading of Contemporary British Poetry'. The Yearbook of English Studies, 17, pp. 179-217.


Morrison, Blake. 2007. Lisa's Sex Strike. In: "Lisa's Sex Strike", Octagon Theatre, Bolton, United Kingdom, Sept-Nov 2007.

Morrison, Blake. 2007. Elephant and Castle. In: "Elephant and Castle", Aldeburgh Festival, United Kingdom, June 2007.

Morrison, Blake. 2006. The Man with Two Gaffers, new version of Goldoni's stage-play Il Servitore di Due Padroni, performed by Northern Broadsides. In: "The Man with Two Gaffers", Northern Broadsides, United Kingdom, Aug-Dec 2006.

Morrison, Blake. 1998. Dr Ox's Experiment, libretto for opera performed at Coliseum. In: "Dr Ox's Experiment", Coliseum, United Kingdom, June 1998.

Morrison, Blake. 1995. The Cracked Pot. In: "The Cracked Pot", West Yorkshire Playhouse.

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